Design Festival installation marks fourth collaboration between Arup and Paul Cocksedge

Jackson Hunt Jackson Hunt Senior Designer, Buildings,London
17 September 2019

Arup has collaborated with British designer, Paul Cocksedge, to transform Finsbury Avenue Square, Broadgate, with large-scale community installation, Please Be Seated, as part of London Design Festival 2019.

Supported by British Land and fabricated by White & White London, Please Be Seated will be in Broadgate from 14 September - 11 October 2019.

The unique installation uses timber sourced from reclaimed scaffolding planks and galvanised steel scaffolding poles to bring focus to the reuse and repurpose of construction waste. It comprises of a series of rising and falling concentric circles, providing benches and arches for people to sit on and walk under, further enhancing the pedestrian experience in Broadgate.

Please Be Seated, part of London Design Festival 2019. Credit: Mark Cocksedge Please Be Seated, part of London Design Festival 2019. Credit: Mark Cocksedge
© Mark Cocksedge. The boards create the seating locations, but their connectivity to the poles also provides lateral stability by creating a Vierendeel frame and the whole structure is raised off the ground by steel support frames.

Our team has been lucky to contribute to a number of London Design Festival installations and they have swiftly become one of the highlights of our year. The installations provide a creative environment where artists, designer and engineers can come together to explore the use of materials in creative ways. The use of reclaimed scaffolding planks in ‘Please be Seated’ explores the reuse and repurposing of construction waste. ” Christian Dercks Christian Dercks Structural Engineering Leader and Project Manager

Arup provided structural engineering and advisory services for the installation project. Please Be Seated continues Arup’s long-standing relationship with both British Land and the London Design Festival as well as being the fourth collaboration between Arup’s London engineering team and the Paul Cocksedge Studio. 

Arup has contributed engineering and specialist consultancy services to many of the London Design Festival installations over the years, which include:   

2017 - MultiPly with Waugh Thistleton Architects
2017 - MINI-Plex with Vlad Tenu
2016 - Alison Brooks, The Smile with Alison Brooks Architects
2016 - Forecast by Barber & Osgerby
2015 - Grafton Architects, The Ogham Wall with Grafton Architects
2015 - Mise-en-abyme with Laetitia de Allegri and Matteo Fogale
2014 - Palette with Paul Cocksedge Studio
2014 - Double Space by Barber & Osgerby
2013 - Alex de Rijke, Endless Stairs with dRMM 
2012 - BE OPEN, Sound Portal by Arup
2011 - AL_A, Timber Wave with AL_A
2011 - Two Lines with David Chipperfield Architects
2010 - The Drop with Paul Cocksedge Studio
2009 - Paper Tower with Shigeru Ban Architects
2009 - Supercell with Marc Newson
2007 - Amanda Levete, Prototile with AL_A
2007 - Zaha Hadid, Urban Nebula with Zaha Hadid Architects

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